Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyer

Joseph M. Kunnel is an accomplished personal injury trial lawyer who has recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients through settlements and trials.

Mr. Kunnel was born in the State of Kerala, India, where he practiced civil and criminal law from 1987 to 1991. Due to his hard work and strong commitment to fight for his clients, within a few years of his practice in India, Kunnel became one of the best trial attorneys in the State of Kerala and successfully handled numerous prominent civil and criminal cases, including murder trials.

Mr. Kunnel migrated to the United States in 1991 and obtained his LL.M. from Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, in 1993. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1993 and the United States Supreme Court in 1996. He is also admitted to the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Kunnel started his legal career in the United States as a personal injury lawyer in Philadelphia in 1993 and represented thousands of severely injured people over a period of 25 years. His mission is to convey, through carefully assembled evidence, artful examination of witnesses and, most of all, his own carefully chosen words in argument, what it truly means for a client to have suffered tragedy or injustice. He has a special talent in negotiating with the powerful insurance companies and is fluent in several Indian languages including Hindi and Malayalam.

In addition to his dedication to his clientele, Mr. Kunnel devotes a great amount of his time providing free legal services. He has helped thousands of people with free legal advice, preparing Wills, contracts, landlord tenant matters, handling traffic court cases, DUI cases, as well as different types of immigration matters. Mr. Kunnel also won several awards in recognition of his unrelenting commitment to the community including from the City Controller, Philadelphia.

Areas of Practice:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Slip/Trip & Fall Accidents
  • Train Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Catastrophic injuries
  • Burn Injuries
  • Explosion Injuries
  • Products Liability
  • Worker’ Compensation
  • Seriously injured Victims of Crime

Litigation Percentage:

100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

U.S. Supreme Court
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Professional Associations and Membership:

Board Member, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association
Philadelphia Bar Association
American Bar Association
South Asian Bar Association


Gulberga University, India, 1987 L.L.B.
Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, 1993 LL.M.


English, Hindi, Malayalam

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